The Greeting

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Right now, there's a skunky cloud forming over Great Barrington, but it's not an impending storm. It's just imaginary fumes that I've conjured from today's groundbreaking retail marijuana sales, a first for the Berkshires, taking place at Theory Wellness.

A dominant headline in the Bay State since about 2010, medical marijuana has been sold in the county for about a year, but today is the start of recreational sales. Pittsfield's Temescal Wellness opens for retail sales Tuesday. 

In other news, a pair of quarreling Monterey officials have agreed not to speak to one another outside of formal meetings and emails.

There's also something smelly at Taconic High School, where cold weather caused sewer venting to get sucked up into the school's ventilation system. Can you say,  "Pepe Le Pew"?

A former Pittsfield police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he improperly stored his service weapon, leading to his daughter hurting herself.

And a very lucky penny has been sold at auction for $204,000, and all of that money will go to the Pittsfield Public Library. Read here to find out why.

Please check out these other headlines, too:

BIRTHDAY WISH: A liver transplant made this woman's 68th birthday something special. 

ATM 'WITHDRAWALS' NET JAIL TIME: The theft of four ATMs and other crimes will keep a city man behind bars for up to four years.

LUST FOR LIFE: Eagle correspondent Andrew Pincus tackles the subject of male (and female) lust in the age of the #metoo movement. 

ROBIN'S EGG: Feature writer Robin Anish is right at home preparing eggs in this fabulous North African dish.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



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